The Ragbirds
The Pour House
Jan. 6

Wearing a dress of tropical blooms and with feathers in her hair, sprightly Erin Zindle led her band the Ragbirds through a triumphant set of "infectious global groove" last Thursday night at the Pour House.

Switching from fiddle to mandolin to mouth organ to maracas and back, she took the small but enthusiastic crowd around the musical world. The tunes ranged from mournful gypsy laments that built to climaxes of shredding electric guitar to dark little ditties about her hometown of Ypsilanti, Michigan. She and the band threw in some calypso, folk, and sweet little love songs, too. The aforementioned guitar, paired with super-tight percussion and melodic bass, made for a rich and satisfying opening act for headliners the New Familiars.

What a treat for those who showed up early. Big thanks are owed to the soundman, who nailed the mix from start to finish.